Best Bras for Fighting Gravity the Non-Surgical Way
I don’t know about you but it has been some time since my girls sat up and kissed the sky. Notwithstanding the soft pear-like shape my breasts have morphed into, I can still remember when a bra was not necessary and it was not because I was flat-chested. I have been on a search for a bra that 1) gathered everything into a cup, 2) lifted them so that they are not lying on my upper stomach, and 3) make that part of my anatomy look alive.
It has been three weeks with me running around trying to find an appropriate fit without paying a minimal $64.00 per bra. Specialists claim every woman needs at least 7 bras and a bra should only be worn one day, then rotated. Ok, I did not know 7 was the magic number.
I tend to wear only black and nude colored bras. I like them fancy. I don’t want to feel them on my body but I do want them to do the job of a good harness as far as the external look. The only way I have been able to get that result is to be properly fitted then pay the cost for a proper fit.
So after trying Marshall’s, my local Macy’s and Stern’s lingerie sections on more than one day in search of reasonably priced named brand seconds without success, I went into New York city last week for a proper fit. I figured it was better to have two bras that fit well than to have the girls sagging and making me feel unattractive.
I went to the Macy’s sixth floor, was ushered into the fitting room and measured by a highly efficient woman. She measured across my breasts, under my breasts, the distance from my waist to some undefined spot and then from my shoulders down to I believe the breast line. I’d been wearing a 38 B. Once measured I was told I needed either a 36D or a 38 B. What?
I gathered 20 bras in these two sizes in different brands. The Wacoal turned out to be my brand. It fits like a glove for my body type. The woman helping me adjusted the straps, ran her hand over my breasts to ensure there were no wrinkles and gave me her approval. It was a 38C.
I bought the Wacoal but thought oh, there is a sale on Lilyette: buy 2 get one free. The only problem was the Liliyette brand does not fit the same and even though I returned them and bought a 38 D, they did not fit.
My research says a woman’s bra size changes more than 6 times in her life. Support comes from the back band and not necessarily the straps as I had thought. So a weight loss or a shift in weight can change the size of bra you need. Each breast must be completely inside the cup. Wire should not be cutting into your skin. The bottom line is a bra is not meant to last forever. And if you don’t hand wash them, they won’t last as long.
My girls are now happy. My dresses and tops fits better. My side-view is better and it kind of looks like I lost weight. It’s an illusion I like. You wouldn’t think there was some science to a good fit. But seems there is.
Okay I have gone out there a bit with this post. But this is a thing that “matters.” I am wondering, have you ever been fitted for a bra (not you men) and been surprised?
Photo Credit by Theda Bara’s Vintage